Fundación Teletón and Banco de Chile announce the total number of Telethon 2018 campaigns, which take place between November 30 and December 1.
The crusade of solidarity, which for 40 years has enabled children and young people with disabilities to come to achieve their integral rehabilitation and inclusion in society, surpassed their goals and eventually reached $ 37,954,551,757.
This figure includes collecting money in additional boxes and mailboxes that are not counted at the close of the television program, in addition to the formalization of contributions made.
According to the figures shown, people's contributions represent 74.4%, while the company's contribution reaches 25.6% of the total collected.
"We are grateful for 40 years of support for this solidarity campaign to make real the needs of people with disabilities, and invite us to continue working for the next 40 years," said Mario Kreutzberger, campaign history leader.
For its part, the executive director of Fundación Teletón, Ximena Casarejos, said that "Chile continues to respond proudly and confidently to Telethon's call. This year everyone surpassed their own goals, which invited us to continue the challenge of maintaining quality service and first-rate rehabilitation".
Collection through branches and auxiliary banks of the Chilean Bank – activated from Arica to Puerto Williams – reached 48.2% of the total collected, while contributions through remote channels – which included the internet, cellular banking, POS, Caja Chile and ATM- accounted for 17.9 %. Whereas the auxiliary boxes and mailboxes add the remaining 7.9%.
Collection by region
|Branch network and additional boxes|
|Region||Collection ($)||% of the total collected|
|Face to face collection|
|PRE-TELET AND TELET RECEIVED||1,229,553,416|
|TOTAL BRANCH NETWORK AND AUXILIARY BOX||18.307.134.295|
|PHONE + MOBILE BANKING||1,608,449,055|
|TOTAL DISTANCE LINE||6,801,129,695|
Eduardo Ebensperger, general manager of Banco de Chile, expressed his satisfaction at having surpassed this year's goal, highlighting the values planted by this great work in Chile: "Respect and welcome differences, give without expecting to receive and place our talents to serve others making us truly human, thanks to Telethon, we see how these values reappear, because often we let them be a little forgotten. "
Meanwhile, long-distance channel contributions – which represent 17.9% of collections – increased by 46.8% compared to the last Telethon, and for hours with the highest transaction flow. "Our digital platform remains stable and fully operational, offering uninterrupted service for 27 hours Telethon," the executive added.
Ebensperger also thanked more than 10,000 Banco de Chile volunteers who "contributed their time and efforts to receive millions of people who, once again, showed their great generosity with this extraordinary solidarity crusade".